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When you are riding bareback, are you supposed to be up near the withers, or is your seat supposed to be more towards the middle of the barrel, as if you were in a saddle?
I usually ride on the shoulders, but, when transitioning, the withers hurt my groin and it makes it very uncomfortable. The last time I rode bareback, I ended up slipping back more towards the barrel, and as I trotted it was far more comfortable and nicer a ride than if I rode farther up.
First question: What is the proper seating position when riding bareback?
Second question: If up on the withers, is there any way I could make it more comfortable for me to ride without being in pain?
No no no! Not on the withers or shoulders. You sit where their ribs are, never further back than their last rib.
Your position is going to be a little different than in a saddle but don't sit on your pubic bone. Sit on your seat bones and a little on your pubic.
If you sit on their shoulders, you limit their movement and their wither bone will get sore! So good rule of thum is at least 2 fingers from their withers.
Bareback seat is where the saddle seat would be, same thing, same position because you want your legs in the same position. But this is not a bare equitation class, lol, so ride wherever & however you & the horse feel comfortable.
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